Category: Listed Buildings & Conservation

07
Apr

A new double height art gallery to a house refurbishment in Hampstead

House Refurbishment | Architect for Belsize Park | Camden, North London

A new gallery space forms part of the brief to a new full house refurbishment in Belsize Park, London. The house is tired but retains some interesting period features to the wall frieze and ceilings. It does however need to be extended to provide an appropriate level of accommodation for entertaining. A key requirement of the brief is to provide an art gallery for the client and it seems a double height space to the rear of the house is well suited. The rear elevation aims to reconnect the house with the garden and provide a unique architectural solution.

To the top of the house the windows are under-sized and the bedroom spaces seem a secondary consideration. We aim to open the roof space to provide a modern loft style environment to provide a more enlivened environment for the children. The master bedroom will occupy the first floor in its entirety with new bathroom, dressing room and study provided with great views over the city of London.

17
Feb

A new orangery provides a fine townhouse extension

Townhouse Orangery | Architect for Canonbury | North London

A fine Islington townhouse is being refurbished and enlarged. Currently, the raised ground floor entrance is detached from the main body of the house and re-establishes a new hierarchy for the house, which will reengage the lower floors. The main requirement is a new larger kitchen, which will be extended on the first floor to form an orangery extension. The additional space provided to the first floor will allow for a new dining room to be incorporated to the kitchen. To the top of the house the roof is being converted to form two additional bedrooms and new shower room. A panoramic loft room will provide framed views overlooking the city and the orangery will express themselves externally as a series dual pitched roofs providing considered massing to the rear of the house and avoid an overbearing boxy development to the rear.

07
Dec

Our Conservation area house refurbishment features in Don’t Move, Improve! 2017

Don’t Move Improve | Architect for Belsize Park | Camden, North London

A series of angled facets reconnects with the garden to provides a unique architectural solution and avoids the uninspired full width house extension. As with most Victorian houses the kitchen is too small. Only a modest kitchen sink window the offers a glimpse of the glorious gardens beyond. The client wanted the house to feel better connected to the garden. The extension is expressed as series of solid and void angled facets have been used to establish a notional hierarchy to the ground floor plan to provide a level of transparency between the house, garden and retain a certain level of privacy. The kitchen enjoys a longer, wider footprint with a frameless window puncturing the wall to provide views across the neighbouring gardens. Exposed timber joists incorporate low energy strip lighting across the kitchen.

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12
Aug

A view from our new loft space in South London

New Loft Office | Architecture for South London | Bermondsey

We’ve moved into a new loft style penthouse office in Bermondsey. With all sorts of exciting opportunities to look forward to we are sharing our space and working on a several projects with our friends and colleagues interior designer Callender Howorth. The former tannery is going through an extensive but sensitive refurbishment. The exposed beam ceiling and timber floors remain, as do the steel framed windows but overall it’s a very considered redevelopment.

 

25
Jun

A Grange in Yorkshire with a sustainable future

Sustainable Grange | Architecture for Leyburn | Yorkshire Dales

A traditional Grange and barn in Yorkshire has been neglected for many years. The new owners are very excited by their find; an extensive refurbishment will be necessary. Its location and off grid status makes a sustainable heat strategy the most viable solution for the future. Set within remote farmland the land will provide ground source heat as the most cost effective solution for self-sufficency. The house has some wonderful features with exposed timber beams, a stone tiled roof and half a metre thick solid walls all to be retained as original. The character of the house will be complimented by a full house refurbishment and insulating the property is a priority. The barn will be used by the boys as a bunk room and will function independently from the house.

13
May

Avoid the conventional and there is no Downside!

House Refurbishment  | Architecture for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London

The fine semi-detached Villa’s of Belsize Park, North London are closely built houses. Separated by only the small side passages between them they conceal almost secret garden environments beyond. Only the neighbouring houses seemingly form a boundary to the gardens, which are long, wide and mature in foliage. This is the setting for our latest full house refurbishment. The client wanted the house to feel better connected to the garden.

An accordion arrangement is explored as a concept for the extension. A series of angled facets have been used to establish a notional hierarchy to the kitchen. Expressed as solid and void walls the facets provide a level of transparency and privacy between the house, garden and the neighbours beyond. The staggered configuration of the extension creates framed views of the garden and provides a unique architectural solution for an extension and avoids an uninspired full width house extension. The shift in geometry allows the extension to reveal a series of layered materials to reach out and touch the garden, all contained beneath the asymmetrical roof form. The roof is formed in timber and painted with a special Swedish preservative paint treatment that produces a beautiful matt red finish. The roof projects beyond the building edge to provide a simple solar shading device to the southeasterly aspect of the extension.

16
Mar

A secret cottage in the garden

Cottage Refurbishment  | Architecture for Camden | Highgate, North West London

It’s not often you find a cottage in your garden but my client’s have just that on purchasing their house in Highgate. That said it has remained under utilised over the years. It is now time for some upgrading and the cottage is to be enlivened to provide stand alone accommodation for the in-laws. When not used by guests it will retain a certain amount of flexibility to provide a study area for the client’s daughters and their friends to come by and do school work together. In the evening it will be used as a party venue following dinner parties or simply where they can watch a film. The provision of a sliding partition wall internally will allow the cottage to be subdivided into dedicated areas to provide privacy when necessary. The mezzanine will be orientated to run the length of the cottage. It will remain as a visual connection to the ground floor and provide a dedicated study area with additional bedroom space. To assist in the flexibility of the space clever joinery will be incorporated to conceal the beds discreetly when not in use.

02
Jan

Double-height maisonette in the Dartmouth Park Conservation Area

Double-Height Maisonette | Architecture for Camden | Dartmouth Park Road, North West London

Currently configured as a two bedroom with a fine South facing aspect. The internal layout to a Dartmouth Park maisonette is to completely reconfigured. The main living rooms are moved to the rear with the creation of an open plan double-height space which opens onto the rear garden. Two additional bedrooms are relocated to the rear of the property other bedrooms. The new generously proportioned maisonette with better connectivity with  the garden feels more like a new house.

02
Oct

A country house refurbishment in Cambridge.

Country House | Architect for Cambridge | Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire

We are working with Callender Howorth on a fine country house and outbuildings in Great Shelford, Cambridge. A series of interconnected buildings are to be enlivened with a contemporary refurbishment. Traditional materials will be enhanced and complimented to provide a modern environment for a growing family. A new roof conversion will provide a sizeable additional floor to the main house and provide dedicated accommodation for the au pair.

31
Jul

A new courtyard Orangery to a Kensington & Chelsea townhouse.

New Courtyard Orangery | Architect for Kensington & Chelsea | West London

forrester architects are working with Callender Howorth on a new centralLy located Orangery to a large Kensington & Chelsea townhouse. An existing courtyard space separates the main house from the mews house accommodation to the rear with an existing mezzanine at first floor. The courtyard retains a rich variety of foliage however the courtyard is under utilised and the client would like to use the space more throughout the year.

A courtyard Orangery is proposed to unite each wing of the house and provide a central gathering space for dining which remains an important part of the client’s daily routine. A number a differing geometries are to be resolved due to differing scales between the main house and mews. Our initial proposal aims to provide an undulating organic roof form to encapsulate the exterior courtyard and provide a bright luxurious internalised garden space. The dining room will be relocated to form the main gathering point with an informal lounge space nestled under the mezzanine. An artist’s studio will be provided to the mezzanine terrace and retain a visual connection with the main space and will be linked by a spiral stair to the lounge below. The undulating form of the canopy allows for the existing window configuration and provide natural ventilation to the main house and mews. A portion of the glazed rooflight will be openable to allow for natural ventilation throughout the Orangery.

 

20
May

A double height rear extension to the De Beaviour Conservation Area.

Lower Ground Refurbishment & Extension | Architects for Hackney | De Beaviour Conservation Area, North London

forresterarchitects have submitted a householder planning application for a fine Victorian terraced house in the De Beaviour Conservation Area. As a newly purchased house the upper floors are generously proportioned and bright. The lower ground floor partly due to its North facing aspect is a little gloomy. The client’s requirement is for a brighter fully equipped kitchen and bedroom connecting more directly to the garden. A new glazed rear extension is proposed and provides framed views of the garden from the kitchen and stairwell corridor resulting in a bright day-lit environment. A double height  glazed roof-light space is proposed to the dining area and aims to provide as much natural light as possible to the back of the house. Key to the proposed configuration is the retention of an existing roof terrace which will continue to be used for afternoon gatherings and evening drinks. The house is currently configured as a three bedroom private dwelling. The proposal as well as reconfiguring the internal layout provides a fourth bedroom for guests with an additional wet-room shower room provided.

24
Apr

A layered extension opens into the garden in the Parkhill & Upper Park Conservation Area.

Rear Extension | Architect for Belsize Park | Parkhill Conservation Area, North West London

forresterarchitects are preparing the contract documentation for a layered rear extension and full house refurbishment in Belsize Park. A considered and alternative design solution to the rear garden extension it avoids the conventional and offers a striking addition to the mature gardens of North West London.

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10
Mar

A double height basement extension to the Clapham Conservation Area.

Basement Extension | Architects for Clapham | forrester architects.

Forrester architects are working with interior designer Callender Howorth on a full house refurbishment in Clapham, South London. Significant remodelling will be carried out and a new basement floor will be added to form a new double height rear extension which will allow direct access to the rear garden. A new loft studio is provided to the top floor and the existing garage will be reconfigured to provide a discreet side entrance

05
Sep

A new garden studio for fashionable Notting Hill.

Garden Studio | Architects for Kensington & Chelsea | West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a planning application for a new detached garden studio to a house in the Notting Hill. The concept offers a modern architectural solution to provide additional studio accommodation within the rear garden which respects and contributes positively to the character of the site and its immediate environment. The new structure is orientated to capture the south facing aspect to enhance the garden environment and create a visual dialogue between the studio and the garden beyond.

01
Aug

Listed Building Consent for a Grade II Church in Denmark Hill.

Listed Building Consent | Architects for Southwark | Denmark Hill, South East London

forresterarchitects have recently submitted Listed Building Consent for the interior refurbishment of a Grade II Chapel. The project proposes the installation of an replacement screen within the existing interior of the Chapel entrance foyer. The proposed screen configuration will remain as the current screen, with large double doors that open onto the Lobby from the Church Meeting Room.

The new, sympathetically designed, foyer screen improves visibility between the Meeting Room and the Entrance Foyer and establishes a welcoming connectivity to the Chapel. Given the historic setting within Chapel, the proposed screen has been designed to be a sympathetic addition, being both carefully proportioned and made from high-quality materials. The design will comprise of oak frames and polished- brass detailing to ensure that the lobby would enhance the visual and architectural character of the existing vestibule.

Significantly the proposal has been designed to have a minimal impact on the existing fabric of the building. Sustainability has been considered as part of the submission. It is clearly more difficult in historic buildings but it is possible for sensitive interventions such as that proposed screen to make incremental and significant improvements to the overall building fabric. Previous Improvements have been installed in Grove Chapel’s desire to reduce heat losses and increase the energy efficiency of the building, while retaining a welcoming appearance to visitors of the Chapel.

04
Jul

A double height volume to a maisonette refurbishment in the Dartmouth Park Conservation Area.

Maisonette Reconfigured | Architects for Camden | North West London

A desirable maisonette which forms part of an imposing end of terrace Victorian residence in Dartmouth Park is bursting at the seams. The client doesn’t want to move and a maisonette refurbishment offers great potential. A design feasibility report has been submitted by forrester architects to realise the full potential. Currently configured as a two bedroom with a South facing aspect the internal layout is completely reconfigured. The bedrooms are relocated to the rear of the property with the main living spaces moved to the rear. A key design feature is the creation of an open plan double height space which opens onto the rear garden.

04
May

An new feature wall to an Art Deco flat.

 Art Deco Flat Refurbishment | Architects for Wandsworth | Balham, South West London

forresterarchitects have remodelled a third floor flat in a fine Art Deco flat to a fine mansion block in Balham. The existing configuration was fine but a number of issues were problematic and need to be resolved. A feature wall provides a central focus for the flat which  you can circumnavigate to access a new kitchen layout and reconfigured bathrooms which were a priority for the client.

29
Apr

A simpler solution for a rear extension on Ladbroke Grove in the Oxford Conservation Area.

Rear Extension | Architects for Kensington & Chelsea | Oxford Conservation Area, West London

forresterarchitects have completed design feasibility for a property in Ladbroke Grove. The client is a close neighbour to one of our early refurbishment and rear extension projects, Barlby. The client, who’s father is a retired architect, new exactly what was wanted. A sleek clean simple rear extension is a subtle and considered alternative solution to the typical rear garden extension. Within the Oxford Conservation Area planning permission is required even though the proposal elsewhere would be considered under Permitted Development Rights. The rear extension will provide a large open plan kitchen with full width sliding doors providing increased connectivity to the rear terraced garden. Working from home a dedicated silversmiths studio is also provided. A glazed roof-light runs the entire length of the side infill extension and provides natural daylight deep into the main body of the house.

18
Mar

Buying a Victorian workshop for your office? Add two floors of apartments to fund the mixed-use redevelopment.

Mixed-Use | Architects for Islington | Clerkenwell, East Central London

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility study for a mixed-use development for a media company requiring new vibrant centrally located London headquarters. The refurbishment of an existing building requires re-planning to deal with their rapidly expanding business. Two new floors of private residential accommodation will be provided to add significant additional income in the funding of the development.

14
Feb

A double height lounge added to a mews house refurbishment in the Eton Conservation Area.

Mews House Refurbishment | Architects for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility study for a mews house refurbishment in the Eton Conservation Area, Belsize Park in North West London.

Currently configured as an unremarkable two bedroom house it is dated and has not been refurbished since it was originally built in the 1970’s. The bedrooms are long and badly proportioned. The window are mean and internally the natural daylighting is poor.

Each mews house was originally configured with an integral garage space next to the front door. Over time the planning department has allowed the removal of the garage space. All the other mews houses have over time converted their garage into a bedroom or lounge space to improve the layout of the house. The courtyard to the front of the Mews is now everyone’s preferred car parking space. This was our client’s initial requirement but there were other opportunities

The house is arranged over three floors. The kitchen as originally intended will remain on the ground floor. A small under stair WC will be removed to create an open floor plan layout between the new bedroom and kitchen. The kitchen will be re-planned to engage more directly with the small courthyard garden which enjoys a bright south facing aspect. A long established ivy covers the garden courtyard and provides a wonderful secret garden to the rear of the house. The lounge windows overlooking the garden are to be enlarged and arranged to take advantage of the fine views to the south-facing aspect overlooking Primrose Hill.

The upper floors accommodate a lounge and the other two bedrooms. As part of the refurbishment each bedroom is re-planned with an ensuite with specialist wardrobe and storage joinery and provides warmth and character to each floor. The relatively small lounge is dramatically improved by a double height lounge space with the structural rafters of the roof exposed. In addition the timber rafters are complimented by a new feature staircase which rises within the double height lounge to provide access to each bedroom. Bespoke timber screen offer varying levels of privacy between the bedroom and lounge.

03
Jan

A new-build Passive house (Passivhaus) in the Norfolk Broads.

New-Build House | Architects for Broads Authority | Stalham, Norfolk

A new build house in Stalham Staithe, Norfolk Broads has been designed to Passive House (Passivhaus) principles by London based studio forresterarchitects.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is Britain’s largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, with the status of a national park it is a particularly sensitive location to new-build developments. The local environment, with light industrial and agricultural uses, is dominated by the large expanse of water, the Barton Broads. Interspersed between the watercourses are rich and varied collections of buildings, which nestle together in the flat typography. There are attractive views in all directions. Contained within each view are the roofs of the buildings of the Broads, which act as dominant visual markers within the landscape, which aid orientation and establish a hierarchy of function to the built environment. The immediate environment is shared with a number of local red brick buildings.  The site is surrounded by a number of nineteenth century buildings, which contribute to the local character of Stalham Staithe. The Old Granary, the largest listed building within the area, is enhanced further by a number of traditional dwellings. To the North are a couple of modern detached bungalows. Beyond the Staithe Road, which skirts the perimeter of the site, are a number of residential buildings, which draw from traditional vernacular forms and materials, as expected within a conservation area.

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01
Dec

A new garden studio in the Belsize Park Conservation Area.

Garden Studio Extension | Architects for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility for a discreet pergola-inspired garden structure to a house in the Belsize Conservation Area. The design proposal expresses the requirements of the brief within an accordion structure. The concept is an exploration of the traditional garden pergola form and offers a modern architectural solution, which respects and contributes positively to the character of the site and its immediate environment. The new structure is perfectly orientated north/south to enhance and create a visual dialogue between the studio and the garden beyond.

01
Sep

A design feasibility study for a twin townhouse in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area.

Twin Townhouse Refurbishment | London Borough of Camden | Bloomsbury, West Central London

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility for twin townhouse refurbishments off Oxford Street in Central London. With the development of a more modern family life, in whatever form this may take,  house layouts are no longer realising their full potential. The works aim to re-establish an internal hierarchy typically of a late Victorian house with floor plan layouts returned to their original function. Formal receptions rooms will be retained on the ground and first floor with bedrooms on the upper floors. The kitchen and dining rooms will be retained on the lower ground floor. Both properties will be rewired with new plumbing throughout to provide an efficient heating and hot water systems to service the house.

01
May

A design feasibility for a new-build Passive House (Passivhaus) in the Norfolk Broads.

New-Build Passive House (Passivhaus)|Architect for Broads Authority|Stalham, Norfolk

forresterarchitects have secured full planning approval for a new build house on the Norfolk Broads. The house will be designed to Passive House (Passivhaus) standards.

The Passive House (Passivhaus) concept aims to dramatically reduce the requirements for space heating and cooling whilst also creating excellent indoor comfort levels. The focus of the Passive House (Passivhaus) is to dramatically reduce the requirement for space heating and cooling, whilst also creating excellent indoor comfort levels.

This is primarily achieved by adopting a fabric first approach to the design, specifying high levels of insulation to the thermal envelope with exceptional levels of air tightness and the use of whole house mechanical ventilation. The heating requirement in a Passive House (Passivhaus) building is reduced to the point where a traditional heating system is no longer considered essential. Cooling is also minimised by the same principles and through the use of shading. Night purging and the use of natural cross-ventilation through open windows is encouraged during the summer months

 The new house will be inspired by the light industrial forms which predominate the local surrounding area. The roof forms explored and developed further to provide a modern architectural solution which draws references from these vernacular forms and materials and how they are positioned in the landscape. The accommodation brief is expressed in an informal arrangement of ‘sheds’. The ‘sheds’ in their juxtaposition aim to contribute positively to the local character of the area and the wider environment.

The new build house is almost perfectly orientated benefiting from a South facing facade. To maximise further from the early morning sunshine the house will be orientated a further 10 degrees to the East.

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10
Apr

A new London roof to a house refurbishment in the Brackenbury Village.

House Refurbishment and Rear Extension | Architects for Hammersmith & Fulham | Brackenbury Village, West London

forresterarchitects have provided full architectural services for a full house refurbishment in the Bradmore Conservation Area in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. A fine Victorian three bedroom terrace house in the Brackenbury Village has been reconfigured to provide four bedrooms. A key design feature of the house is a large boudoir with open plan access to a private bathroom. The other bedrooms have been enhanced with fine bespoke joinery to the requirements of each of the children. Externally a dynamic rear extension introduces a London roof form to provide a modern kitchen and dining room with an invigorated visual dialogue with the garden terrace to the rear.

18
Mar

A garden pavilion has been approved to a detached house in Highgate, North London.

Garden Pavilion | Architects for Camden | Highgate Conservation Area, North West London

forresterarchitects have secured planning approval for a garden pavilion to the rear garden of a detached house in Highgate, North London. The ground floor flat was shared by two professionals however accommodation for visiting family was problematic. A self-contained garden pavilion solved that. Conceived as a sleek modern pavilion the proposal provides two double bedroom with en suite bathrooms. With direct access to the garden and the house provides flexibility and allows the occupants a certain degree of privacy.

16
Mar

We are listed in the international design magazine House & Garden exclusively for the London area.

House & Garden Feature | Architects for London | Forrester Architects

forresterarchitects are listed in the international design and decoration magazine House & Garden exclusively as architects in the London area. The design masterclass directory provides an interactive source of all the information you will need to renovate or build your own home. A number of high-profile projects by the practice across Central London have brought our to the attention of this definitive guide to stylish living.

01
Jan

A Gambrel and Peg roof is the key feature to a Grade II cottage refurbishment in West Mersea.

Grade II Listed Cottage & Conservation Refurbishment with New-Build Extension | Architects for Colchester | West Mersea

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility for the refurbishment of a Grade II listed cottage in West Mersea, Colchester.  The C17/18 Gambrel and Peg tile roof with v-section wooden eaves trough on wooden brackets are listed as key features. As part of the design brief the cottage is to be returned to its original condition. Inspired by the simple forms and materials of the local boat sheds a modern architectural solution draws from the vernacular and in turn respects and contributes positively to the character of the site and its immediate environment. The design proposal provides a new dining area and kitchen with additional bedroom accommodation when the client’s have guests. The new additions are orientated north/south to enhance and create a visual dialogue between the newly defined garden spaces.

16
Sep

An investment property refurbishment in the Cornwall Conservation Area.

Investment Property | Architects for Kensington & Chelsea | Cornwall Conservation Area, West London

forresterarchitects are involved in the refurbishment of an apartment in a large garden square townhouse in West London. The proposal aims to reconfigure the internal layout which is in a poor condition and in need of modernisation. The apartment is currently configured as a one-bedroom apartment with one bathroom providing sanitary provision. The layout is configured as a modern one-bedroom apartment. The kitchen will remain open plan in layout to the living-room space and new sanitary provision will consist of one large bathroom. The property will provide a substantial rental income for the client.

01
Sep

A Victorian piano factory is going future proof in its new office fit-out.

Commercial Office Fit-Out | Architects for Camden | Camden Town, North West London

forresterarchitects have completed a commercial office fit out involving the upgrade and reconfiguration of a media analysts headquarters in Camden Town. Originally a Victorian piano factory the building infrastructure was dated and at full capacity. An exercise in office space planning with dedicated furniture and workstations increased the occupancy capacity of the office space by a further 30%. The improvements to power and data supply ensured productivity was at its best for the future and that power would remain on without fail. Essential for a business entirely reliant on the internet for its information.

16
Aug

A Grade II property isn’t untouchable. Add a glass box in the Jeffrey’s Street Conservation Area.

Grade II Remodelling | London Borough of Camden | Jeffrey’s Street Conservation Area, North West London

forresterarchitects are working on a Grade II remodelling to an end of terrace house in Camden Town, North London. A fine example of Edwardian architecture comprising a fine stucco facade and vertical sliding shutters concealed within the window cills are keys listed features. The accommodation provided is however modest and the client needs to expand. The proposal aims to provide a modern glass rear extension which will engage with the garden yet remain concealed behind the perimeter garden wall. The only sign of intervention will be the profiled edge of the horizontal roof beyond.

01
Dec

Dining intervention to a Townhouse Refurbishment garden square in the Kennington Conservation Area.

Townhouse Refurbishment & Extension | Architects of Lambeth | Kennington Conservation Area, South East London

forresterarchitects have completed the refurbishment and extension to a quaint garden squared mid-terraced townhouse refurbishment, in Kennington, South London. It is a generously proportioned house in all living and bedrooms but suffered from an unremarkable galley kitchen. The client required a bright and airy modern kitchen and a frameless glazed roof-light extension was proposed. The full width extension as well as enlarging the kitchen provides the house with increased connectivity between the raised ground floor kitchen, dining room and the lower ground floor lounge room to the main body of the house.

23
Jul

A long overdue refurbishment complete with new basement floor is added to a Villa in the Mercers Conservation Area.

Conservation Refurbishment | London Borough of Islington | Mercers Conservation Area, North London

One of our commercial client’s has retained our services for the full internal and external conservation refurbishment of their fine Victorian villa in Tufnell Park, North London. The brief was to conserve and enhance the original period features of the house. This involved the reinstatement of lost decorative features and decorating with paints from a Victorian palette to compliment the character of the house.

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01
Jun

A lower ground conversion flat with an under utilised terrace in the Hampstead Conservation Area. Bring it in from the cold.

Lower Ground Conversion | Architects for Hampstead | Hampstead Conservation Area, North West London

forresterarchitects have completed the refurbishment to a lower ground floor flat in Hampstead, North West London. It is a currently a one bedroom private dwelling with sole use of garden. The proposal aims to reconfigure the internal layout to provide a two-bedroom private dwelling.  The property demise will be extended to provide a larger kitchen extension to the rear with direct access to the terrace and garden via sliding/folding double glazed units. Sanitary accommodation will be improved and increased to provide a larger bathroom and an en-suite to the master bedroom. Additionally, the second bedroom will be sized appropriately to provide a bedroom to the rear with direct access to the terrace and garden via sliding/folding double glazed units.

21
May

Yoo Hoo! A luxury refurbishment to an penthouse in St. John’s Wood.

Penthouse Refurbishment | Architects for Westminster | St John’s Wood, North West London

A prestigious residential development located in St. John’s Wood North West London requires a fresh approach to enliven this luxury penthouse apartment. A simple muted palette was more suited to the client’s tastes. A large open plan configuration is in Starck contrast to the opulence of the previous Rococo interior. A luxury refurbishment offers secret doors beyond the main living spaces conceal the other bedrooms each with its own private bathroom.

18
Apr

A mansion block refurbishment is reconfigured in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area.

Mansion Block Refurbishment | Architects for Camden | Bloomsbury Conservation Area, West Central London

forresterarchitects have completed the reconfiguration of a mansion block refurbishment in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. The flat is large and wide with a lightwell central to bedrooms. The light levels to the flat even with a south facing aspect were inadequate. The reconfiguration of the flat involved making the flat feel more open plan. Large sliding doors were introduced to the living and kitchen rooms which allowed the south-facing light to flood into the living room and artist’s studio. The bathrooms were modernised and fine joinery wardrobes were added to the bedrooms. A new kitchen layout involved the incorporation of the larder which increased the overall area of the kitchen.

01
Oct

Art decoration.

Galley Kitchen Refurbishment and Extension | Architects for Brent | Queens Park, North West London

forresterarchitects have completed a full house refurbishment to a striking art-deco house in North West London. The works involved significant remodelling to the rear of the house to provide a fully reconfigured galley kitchen and dining area. Folding-sliding doors form a centralised courtyard which  provides easy access to the landscaped garden beyond. A new garden to the front and a newly rendered facade provide a fresh invigorated  frontage to the street.

18
Sep

A striking diagonal extension cuts across a garden in West London and avoids a conventional rear extension.

House Refurbishment and Rear Diagonal Extension | Architects for Kensington & Chelsea | Oxford Conservation Area, West London

forresterarchitects have completed an alternative solution for the rear garden extension. A tired glass conservatory has been replaced with a dynamic new rear diagonal extension form which sweeps across the garden of a mid-terraced house in Ladbroke Grove, West London. A natural copper cladding is used to provide a modern vibrant solution to extend the property. The copper cladding will over time oxidise and change from orange to green overtime in the same manner as the roofs of the traditional architecture of London. Internally, the house has been refurbishment to include the remodelling of the master bathroom and bedrooms to the upper floor.

14
Sep

Three floor penthouse development in the Lexham Conservation Area.

Three Floor Penthouse Development | Architects for Kensington & Chelsea | Lexham Conservation Area, West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a planning application for a new penthouse floor to a flat in the Lexham Conservation Area, London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.  Currently configured as a two bedroom the design proposal provides an addition floor which will be a highly desirable open plan lounge and dining area for entertaining. The lower floors are reconfigured to offer two bedrooms with en suite facilities with feature stair connecting all floors with a large oval roof-light to the roof.

01
Jul

A modern new build house in the Hampstead Conservation Area.

New Build Development | Architects for Hampstead | Hampstead Conservation Area, North West London

forresterarchitects have been working in collaboration with another architect have secured planning permission for a new build house in the heart of Hampstead, North West London.

The work involves the demolition of the existing house 1930’s chauffeur’s house to be replaced by a new build house of uncompromising modernity. The house provides a large open plan floor plate to the ground floor which overlooks the well maintained landscaped gardens to the front and rear. A key design feature to the double height lounge space is a 6m high library. A new art gallery forms part part of the principle circulation route through the house  which allows guest to view the art work as they rises through the house. The processional stair is held between the bedrooms to one side and the gallery to the other.

Each bedroom is located to either the front or the rear of the house and retain primary views overlooking the gardens. The house will incorporate a number of environmentally sustainable strategies including solar thermal panels, air-borne heat recovery and rainwater harvesting.

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Reconfiguration to a fine Art Deco mansion block in Balham.

Mansion Block Refurbishment | Architects for Wandsworth | Balham, South West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a remodelling proposal for a mansion block refurbishment in a fine Art Deco building in Balham. The existing configuration was fine but a number of issues were problematic and need to be resolved. A new kitchen layout and reconfigured bathrooms were a priority for the client.